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WOULD SEDUCE PAY OF NEW TRAINMEN V, i r . Commissioner Keller Sug gests 5c Reduction in Pres i ent Traction Scale. BOTH COMPANIES REPLY Washington Bailway and Electric President Predicts Union Diffi culties Would Ensue. A suggestion that the wages of the r.ew men employed as molormen and conductors be fixed at 5 cents per hour loss than the present employes receive has been made to both street railway companies by the Public Utilities Commission. Chairman Kel ler announced today. The following letter was written to the heads of both companies by Walter C. Allen, executive secretary of the commission; tetter to Trolley Chiefs. "In reference to my recent conver sation with you regarding a suggest ed reduction in the wages of train men, it is the chairman’s Idea not that the wages of men now employed be reduced, but that the new men should be started on a scale 5 cents per hour lower than your present scale. "Will you please let the commission know if you are prepared to adopt this suggestion?'’ In bis reply. John H. Hanna, vice president of the Capital Traction Company, informed the Commission that the company would consider the suggestion when It confers with Its men sometime during March for the purpose of drawing up a new wage contract. Han Contract With Union. Mr. Hanna pointed out that his company has a contract with the union which remains In effect until March 30. William F\ Ham. president of the W. R. 13. Company, replied that he would be willing to adopt the plan, provided similar action js taken by the Capital Traction Company. "As we have repeatedly informed the commission, we believe that any difference in the scale of wages of trainmen doing substantially the same kind of work in one city would be objectionable and would possibly lead -to unfortunate results. We would suggest that the scale for men lo be employed in the future should be as follows: Suggested Vow Scale. "For the first three months. 46 cents per hour; next nine months. 49 cents; second year. 31 cents: third year, 52 cents: fourth year, 53 cents: fifth years. 54 cents, and thereafter, o', cents per hour.” Coder the present scale, all men re cj;-e 51 cents for the first three months, 51 cents for the ensuing nine months and 56 cents thereafter. trinkEepresents OATATOSESSION Bond and Pay-as-You-Go Propositions Explained by Governor. Special Dispatch to The Star. RICHMOND. Va.—There is a possi bility of the warring factions on the matter of highways getting together and perfecting an arrangement that will provide funds and leave the adjustment of the subject to the people of the state at thb polls this fall. That is the talk among members, and it may be that some thing will come from the effort. The 3-cent tax on gas has enemies who are standing pat and the bond people are generally disposed to op pose that idea. The anti-bond people, on the other hand, are for the tax on gasoline Just as firmly as they arc against bonds. Due to the feeling between the rival camps, there are more and more mem bers who are expressing a determina tion to restrict’ the work of the ses sion to just as few subjects as pos sible and to end the work and get away. “Every one, more or less, has come to recognize the fact that our state highway commission Is in sore need of funds to meet the growing demand of our people for a reasonable rapid road-construction program," said Gov. Trlnkle In his message. "There is no method of providing more highway lunds during the year without action by the general assembly, and this spe cial session has been called primarily for this purpose.’’ Governor Explains Policy. After calling attention to several bond plans, and explaining that a three-cent gallon motor fuel tax was the only new revenue source In the pay-as-you-go plan of financing the highway work, the governor said: "In my campaign for the guberna torial nomination prior to the pri mary of August. 1921, and during the state campaign just prior to the elec tion of November, 1921, I stated re peatedly that I was opposed to the is suance of bonds for state highway construction purposes under the con ditions as they then existed. During the session of the general assembly of 1922 I advocated the Issuance of ' 512.000.000 of thirty-year bonds for ‘ highway construction purposes, at an Interest rate of not over 4 Mr Per cent, and on the basis that a gasoline tax -would be levied sufficient to cover the interest and the sinking fund pay ments, without reference to the peo ple. "Since the adjournment of the gen eral assembly In March. 1922, a con tinuous campaign of education has been conducted for highway develop ment In Virginia, along with which has been had a public discussion of ihe advantages and disadvantages of a bond Issue.” State’s Indebtedness. Gov. Trlnkle, In his message, sup plied the legislature with the follow ing schedule of the state’s Indebted ness; "The present bond indebtedness of the state of Vlglnla Is approximately S 22.000.000; the bond Indebtedness of the Incorporated towns of the state Is S 3.868.000; the bond indebtedness of the cities of the state Is 157,671,842.79; the bond Indebtedness of the counties of the state is $18,760,166.21. Total bond indebtedness of incorporated towns, cities, counties and state, $102,000,000. Virginia's part of the national debt, and it must be borne In mind this constitutes as much a debt against the cltisenshlp of the state as if these bonds had been issued by Virginia herself, is approximately $4*0,000,000.” Other W«rk is Session. He urged correction of an error In the senatorial redistrieting bill, by •which' Madison county was omitted, and*wclare<l he was convince > -a tav- MISSISSIPPI LAWYER DIES William C. Meek, Brother of D. C. Man. Expirer. Word has been received here of the death of William Cannon Meek, brother of Samuel M. Meek of 1740 • Euclid street, which occurred at hie borne in Columbus, Miss., last Tuesday morning. Mr, Meek was a lawyer by profes sion. being a graduate of the Uni versity or Alabama at Tuscaloosa, class of 1878. He was regarded as a leading lawyer at the Columbus bar. he having practiced actively h!s pro j fesslon there for the past forty-five j years. j He was born In Columbus. May 21, 1857, son of the late Col. Samuel M. Meek, who himself was a district at | torney, judge and a prominent mem. : ber of the Mississippi state senate, and In his day was one of the famou* | criminal lawyers of the south. He is survived by three sisters and a nephew. Seth A. Meek of Newberry, S. C., and his brother, Samuel M. Meek, who has been a resident of Washington for the past thirty years. urgesphyMans’ AID FORVETERANS Col. Forbes Declares Expert Medical Advice Greatest Need of Bureau. A board of consultants, consisting of four or five specialists to be paid not less than $20,090 a year, was de clared by Col. Charles R. Forbes, di j rector of the Veterans’ Bureau, on the eve of his retirement today, to be the greatest need of the institu tion now caring for a total of 25,851 hospital patients. Col. Forbes recommended that the board of specialists should consist of one neuropsychiatric, one tuber culosis. ope general medical and sur gical, one eye, l ear, nose and throat, and one orthopedic expert. This might be supplemented, the colonel added, by an educational director to co-operate with the board In the re habilitation program of the bureau. • Names Physicians. Physicians, who were considered by Col. Forbes lo be of the type neces sary to serve the Veterans’ Bureau 1 and help solve Its difficult problems, | were, he said, the following; | Neuropsychiatric Dr. William F. | Lorens of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute: Dr. Thomas W. Salmon, formerly director of the National So ciety of Mental Hygiene; Dr. William A. White, head of St Elizabeth’s Hos pital. Tuberculosis —Dr. Edward R. Bald win. president of Trudeau Sanitarium of New York: Dr. Stanley M. Rinehart of the Veterans’ Bureau; Dr. Frank i Billings of Chicago, j General medical and surgical—Dr. Charles Mayo of Rochester, Minn.; Admiral E. R. Stitt, surgeon general of the Navy, and Dr. L. B. Rogers, assistant director of the Veterans’ Bureau, in charge of the medical division. Mental Cues Increasing. I Mental cases. Col. Forbes said were I‘ increasing, the figure at present standing at 9,243. The bureau is car ing for 10,915 tuberculosis patients j and 5,693 general medical patients, | according to figures compiled today. Col. Forbes, while declaring he did not personally know his successor, Brig. Frank T. Hines, whose nomina tion Is before the Senate, said that by reputation he knew of his great abil ity and predicted success for him. In case Gen. Hines’ nomination Is not confirmed today. Col. Forbes, whose resignation takes effect today, will leave the bureau, nevertheless, leav j ing it in charge of a staff assistant. 1 Col. Forbes indicated that ho would j remain in Washington during the I proposed congressional investigation, "till the last gun is fired.” He plans , to return to his profession as civil en gineer, Interested In hydro-electric plant design and construction. ANTI-CRUELTY SOCIETY WARS ON COCKFIGHTS Special Dispatch to The Star. HAGERSTOWN, February 28.—In vestigation of reports of cockfights lin Washington county will be de- I manded by the Washington county [ Chapter, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, It was an nounced yesterday by Its president, Mrs. Roger Whipple. State’s Attorney Wolflnger will be asked to lay these rumors before the grand Jury for a thorough probe. The investigation followed a dis pute between Baltimore and Hagers town cockflghting followers as to where the biggest main had been staged In the past ten years. When Baltimore police raided a Back River bungalow early Sunday Baltimore fanciers claimed that the main was for the championship of Virginia and Maryland and was the largest ever held In Maryland In ten years. Hagerstown followers of the sport disputed this claim, when they stated that the championship of four states, Maryland. Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, was at stake in a big main held here. Cockfights are staged weekly In this city, It was learned. PLAN SESSION TONIGHT. I Reclassification Bill Proponents I Press for Consideration. An effort will be made to bring about a night session of the Senate for the Consideration of the reclassi fication bill .tonight, provided It can not be considered this afternoon. It was announced by Senator Sterling, chairman of the civil service commit • tee, in charge of the bill. * I Both Senator Sterling and Senator Smoot, the latter having handled the I reclassification bill while It was be jfere the appropriations committee, are l anxious to get action on the bill t without delay. I PLAN SCHOOL CHANGE. Prince Georges County Authorities Would Add Eighth Grade. Special TMapatcb to The Star. UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Febru ary 28. —An energetic movement Is on In Prince George’s county looking to the addition of the eighth grade in the country schools. A number of parent-teachers’ association and com munity clubs have gone on record as favoring addition of this grade. The plan will be laid before the county board of education. • ing could be accomplished by the enlargement of the state office build ing. which is in process of construc tion. Several other matters probably would be presented during the ses sion, he said. The senate caucus last night failed to change the strength of the steer ing committee, the majority of whom are said to be strong for the bond issue, and for the two vacancies there will be named one from each faction. That was the announcement -of the new chairman of the caucus, Senator Ferguson, who wilt make the appoint ; ir.er.t3 today. *n# frHE EVENING STAR, vvASHIInuTOX, D.* C., WEDSTESDAi, pjißiiirA&Y 28, 1023. “Those Who Flirt in Haste Oft Repent in Leisure” Is Slogan of These Girls. Member, of the newly organised Anti-flirt Club, photographed yesterday. Deft to right! Agnes Lenvnll, Mary Vermillion, Margaret Lorre, Annette Trumble, Inn Click, Mildred Christie, Alice Relghly (president), Helen Brown, Louise Hunt and Kate Smith. D.C. HARO COAL SUPPLY EXCEEDS ALLOTMENT i Commission Statement Shows City Has 5,000 Tons Above Quote. Further indication that the hard i coal situation Is gradually adjusting i itself is contained in a statement j from the Public Utilities Commission today, showing that on February 3 : Washington had 6.000 tons of anthra- i cite over and above its 60 per cent allotment. Because of unavoidable delay, the 1 commission is always from two to : three weeks behind in its records of ; shipment, however, and there are no i official data to show whether the * situation lias changed any since that i date. Although the commission is still en- . forcing the rule restricting house- | holders to 60 per cent of the amount ; of hard coal they burned last winter, j they' probably will drop this rule i within a few weeks if present condl- j tlons continue. The statement given out today ] shows that on February 3 the Dls- ! trlct had received a. total of 227.998 I tons of anthracite, whereas the city’s , allotment up to that date was 222,870 1 tons. THE WEATHER. ! District of Columbia and Virginia— ' Cloudy tonight and tomorrow; little : change In temperature; gentle varia- i ble winds. Maryland—Coudy tonight and to morrow, probably light snow- or rain In the mountains; little change in tem perature: gentle variable winds. West Virginia—Cloudy' tonight and tomorrow, probably light rain or snow In north portion; little change 1 in temperature. Records for Twenly-Foor Hours. Themometer—Yesterday, 4 p.m., 43;, 8 p.m., 42; 12 midnight, 41. Today, ■ 4 a.m., 23; 8 a.m.. 39; noon, 46. , Barometer —Yesterday, 4 p.m., 23.89; ; 8 p.m., 29.94; 12 midnight, 29.98. To- i day. 4 a.m., 29.94; 8 a.m., 30.00; noon, ; 29.97. Highest temperature. 46, occurred i at noon today; lowest temperature, j 37, occurred at 5:45 a.m. today. Temperature same date last year— Highest, 46; lowest. 28 Condition of tbc Water. Temperature and condition of the water at 8 a.m.: Great Falis—Tem perature, 35; condition, clear. •Weather in Various Cities, to Temperature. ®ss i j 35? H „ >■ “j) „S. 1 Station*. m 5 ? 5.2 ° “ State of j r Weather, ; iff? I Ahhene, Tex. 30 28 42 34 O.ls Cloudy | Albany 30.02 36 24 0.02 Snow i Aabury Park s*B 32 004 Snow Atlantic City 29.96 S 8 31 006 Cloudy Baltimore .. 29.98 44 40 0.01 Cloudy Birmingham. 80.12 CO 44 Cloudy Bismarck ..30.14 38 22 .... Cloudy Boston 29.98 34 30 0.02 Snow Buffalo 30.04 30 26 Pt.cloudy Charleston... 29 98 76 56 0.14 Cloudy Chicago 29.96 36 82 .... Cloudy Cincinnati... 30.08 44 32 Cloudy Cleveland .. 80.04 30 28 ... Clo;idy Denver 80.02 40 22 Cloudy Detroit firt.o4 36 28 Clear El Paao. 30.34 48 32 Oar ftaifeston .. 80.16 66 54 Cloudy Helen* 80.22 42 SO ... Oar Huron. S. D. 30 16 42 22 0.01 dear Jacksonville. 30,06 TO 60 0.68 Cloudy Kansas City. 30.02 50 38 Cloudy Tins Angeles. 30.06 68 50 Clear Louisville ..30 10 48 36 .... cloudy Miami. Fla.. 30.08 78 68 Cloudy New Orleans 30.08 66 58 0.14 Cloudy New York .29 96 46 80 0.06 Snow Okla. City.. 80.18 48 SO Clear Omaha 80.06 62 86 Cloudy Philadelphia. 80.00 46 36 0.02 Rain Phoenix, Art*-30.04 68 52 .... Pt.cloudy Pittsburgh.. 30.02 42 30 0.01 (Joudy Portland. Me. 30.06 .30 22 Snow Portland. Ore 80.32 58 38 .... Clear Raleigh.N.C. 29.98 68 46 0.10 Cloudy 8. Take City 30.52 86 26 .... Hear San Antonio. 30.22 60 46 .... Cloudy Ran Diego... 30.12 72 50 Cloudy R Francisco 29.98 68 48 Clear Bt. Louis... 80.02 40 80 .... Clear gt Paul 29.90 38 30 .... Cloudy Beattie 30.34 52 34 .... Clear Spokane .... 30.38 44 24 Clear WASH., D.C. 30.00 43 37 0.08 Rain FOREIGN. (8 a.m., Greenwich time, today.) Stations. Temperature. Weather. ; London. England 46 Clear Parts. France 44 Part cloudy , Vienna. Auatrta 34 Foggy Gibraltar. Spain §0 C lear Horta (Fayal), Azores 60 Part cloudy Hamilton. Bermuda 66 Cloudy Ran Juan. Porto R1e0.... <6 Hear Havana. Cnba ’ 72 near | Colon, Canal Zone *8 Cloudy WM. C. DENNY DEAD. HAMILTON, Bermuda, February j 2s. William Croghan Denny of, Washington and Boston died last night at his winter home, Tralee Pa- | get, Bermuda. The funeral servlets were held today, with Interment at j Tralee Paget. William Croghan Denny, well known clubman of this city, Pittsburgh and Boston, was a member of the Metro politan and Chevy Chase clubs here. He married Anna F. Duryea. He was a graduate of Yale. * CHURCH PLDT FOILED. Three Supposedly Masked Men Been Near Hagerstown Institution Special Dispatch to The Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md.. February 27. Prayers offered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church here yesterday,, as well as in the parochial school for the protection of the local church and school revealed Che fact that what was believed to be an attempt to set fire to or rob the church hers was mads on Sunday night, and that the presence of one of the 10-i cal prieeta and a member of the church probably frightened off three raciJ wno ~'vl 4 0 .'lll ■.U iO-llS; V yCCti ' COAL EMBARGO DENIED. Conditions governing the supply of anthracite coal do not warrant too laying of an embargo against the ex- Port of anthracite to Canada, the In terstate Commerce Commission de clared today in a report to the Sen ate. The commission further reported that investigation into anthracite sup plies and methods of distributing had impelled it to refrain from issuing any priority orders governing the movement of anthracite from mines in Pennsylvania to New England or the northeast section of New York state, where there has been much ag itation for priority and for an em bargo. A statement of the reasono which have governed the commission’s course was transmitted to the Senate In response to a resolution of inquiry A general plan for allotting an thracite coal was adopted bv pro ducer* and national and states fuel distributors last fall, the commission’s report said, when the five months’ strike in the producing regions of Pennsylvania ended. That plan has been followed in general ever since, and the commission said it saw no reason for a change, since in six weeks the season of heavy coal con sumption will he over. 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Xij mp? i ill Ul JT (The Hecht Oe., Second floor.) -s D. C. MEN NAMED. Five Residents Given Commissions in Reserve Corps. Five more residents of this city have been commissioned by the War Department In the Officers’ Reserve Corps of the Army. They are; Edward A Keys of 1801 16th street, as major of engineers; John O. McGuire of the Chastlelon, as major of infantry: Calvin I. Kephart of 2131 F street. as captain and quartermaster; Oco Thompson of 461 Maryland avenue northeast, as second lieutenant in the finance department, and Robert E. Hazeil of 6227 Georgia avenue, as second lieutenant in the adjutant general’s department. ROSSLYN MAN WEDS. Special DUpateh to The Star. CUMBERLAND. Md.. February 2S.— Raymond Leo Post of Rosslyn, Va.. and Miss Gladys Margaret Cox of this city were married at the home of Ed ward A. Koegel, 615 North Mechanic street, by Rev. H. Hall Sharp, pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. A number of friends witnessed the mar riage. ARGUMENTS COMPLETE IN PtPCO APPEAL CASE Arguments In the case of the Public Utilities Commission against the Po tomac Blectrlc Power Company, which commenced in the United States Su preme Court late Monday afternoon, were concluded yesterday. John A. Car ver, counsel for the electric light com pany, was heard first yesterday. He was followed by Corporation Counsel Steph ens. Both followed the lines of their ; printed briefs very closely, being In i terrupted from time to time by Uie j court to elucidate the action of the courts below. The case Is now submitted and will await decision by the court of last re sort. . WILL WIDEN STREET. i The Senate today passed a House bill aphorizing the widening of Ist street northeast, along the eastern boundaries of squares numbered 675, 676 ajid 677, to a width of sixty feet. The bill now goes to the President for his approval. Use of Drugs in High School Revealed to Federal Agents BpecUl Dispatch to The Stir. HAGERSTOWN. Md„ February 28.—Police authorities of Martins burg, W. Va., yesterday admitted that a small group of boys under twenty years of age, as well as a number of older people, were using morphine, "M. and C.” and other forms of dope in the West Virginia town. Federal authorities have been notified, they stated, and an investigation is now being con ducted by a federal narcotic agent. Names of the youths, several of whom are said to be students In the Martlnsburg High School, are CONSUL GETS PROMOTION DAY AFTER HIS DEATH Promotion came too late yesterday for Albert W. Pontius of Minnesota, con sul general at Mukden, China. Dispatches from Peking Monday announced the death of Mr. Pontius after a long Illness, and the list of nominations sent to the Senate yester day by President Harding contained his name for promotion from consul gen eral of class four to consul general of class three. Mr. Pontius had been in the consular service nearly twenty years and the promotion waa to have been given in recognition of his efficient work and long service. PONZI ASKS CLEMENCY AFTER 27 MONTHS IN JAIL By the Associated BOSTON, February 28. Charles Ponzi, who has served twenty-seven months of a five-year sentence for using the malls to defraud in his in ternational postal coupon swindle, has applied for clemency and com mutation. United States Attorney Robert O. Harris has received from Washington Ponzi’s petition, based on ill-health. The prisoner returned two days ago to Plymouth jail, after an operation at a hospital here for stomach trouble. Further confine ment would work a permanent in jury to him, he contends. There is still another indictment outstanding against the promoter in the federal court here, charging il legal use of the mails, and several remain to be tried in the state courts, where a jury acquitted Ponzi-of mul tiple charges of larceny several months ago. in the hands of tho sheriff of Ber keley county and also have been handed over to the federal au thorities. At the same time the Martins burg police let It be known tha’ the use of whisky, mostly the worst types of moonshine, had se cured a hold upon the younger boys, some of them still In school. It was stated by one of the teach ers that high school students have appeared in their classes Intoxi cated, and several social affairs which school children attended were said to have been drunken orgies. Names of the youths In volved also are In the hands o» officials. SENATORS TAKE UP DEFICIENCY MEASURE Tho Senate appropriations subcom mittee yesterday began work on the de ficiency appropriation bill. It was expected that the so-called Phipps amendment to make effective the re port of the Joint congressional com mittee declaring that a surplus of revenues of the District of Columbia exists In the Treasury will he offered as an amendment from the ficr* Senator Phipps has offered two other amendments, one authorizing the recorder of deeds of the District to lease an additional floor in the Century building, on sth street and another authorizing the use of 15.000 heretofore appropriated for addition al land for the National Training School for Girls. D. C. MEN IN CONSULAR SERVICE PROMOTED President Harding yesterday rec ommended to the Senate the follow ing promotions in the consulai service for District of Columbia men; Canton Bailey Hurst, from con sul general of class three to con sul general of class two. Horace Dec Washington, from consul of class one to consul.gen cral of class two. Felix Cole, from consul of class five to consul of class four. Clarence J. Spiker, from vice consul of career of class one to consul of class seven. Lawyers’ Clashes. A certain lawyer was asked by an acquaintance how it was that law yers contrived to remain on such friendly terms with each other, al though they were famed for their cutting remarks. The lawyer looked at him with a twinkle in bis eye and remarked; "Ves, but they’re like scissors; they only cut what comes between."